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Unboxing the Bard

A Shakespeare to Winehouse Afternoon Tea

Wednesday 29 June 2022
2:00 – 3:30pm AEST
William Shakespeare, c. 1600-1610  associated with John Taylor
William Shakespeare, c. 1600-1610 associated with John Taylor. National Portrait Gallery, London. Given by Francis Egerton, 1st Earl of Ellesmere, 1856. © National Portrait Gallery, London

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$35 Circle of Friends / $45 Guests

Join the Circle of Friends to take advantage of cheaper ticket prices (and a range of other goodies).

Check our latest conditions of entry related to COVID-19. Please note we cannot accept cash payments at the Gallery.

Ever wondered how art travels the world? Join Joanna Gilmour, Sheridan Burnett and Penny Grist from our Collection and Exhibitions team as they reveal the exclusive secrets behind bringing Shakespeare and his friends from London to Canberra. Find out just how much is involved in transporting priceless treasures, while enjoying a selection of delicious sweet and savoury afternoon tea treats with award winning wine provided by Robert Oatley.

Your afternoon tea ticket also includes all day entry into Shakespeare to Winehouse: Icons from the National Portrait Gallery, London to see these iconic treasures before they leave our shores on 17 July.

To whet your appetite... 

Check out some of our behind the scenes videos with Stephanie Carlton, International project frames conservator, National Portrait Gallery, London.

Stephanie Carlton on Self portrait by Sir Anthony van Dyck
Video: 1 minute 36 seconds
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Other ways to book: Phone 02 6102 7070 or email bookings@npg.gov.au

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Stephanie Carlton on Self portrait by Sir Anthony van Dyck
Stephanie Carlton on Self portrait by Sir Anthony van Dyck
Stephanie Carlton on Self portrait by Sir Anthony van Dyck
Stephanie Carlton on Self portrait by Sir Anthony van Dyck

Behind the scenes

Behind the scenes with Stephanie Carlton, International project frames conservator, National Portrait Gallery, London.

William Shakespeare, c. 1600-1610  associated with John Taylor
William Shakespeare, c. 1600-1610  associated with John Taylor
William Shakespeare, c. 1600-1610  associated with John Taylor
William Shakespeare, c. 1600-1610  associated with John Taylor

Shakespeare to Winehouse

Icons from the National Portrait Gallery, London

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from Saturday 12 March

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